Superhuman (with CEO Rahul Vohra)
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Who is Rahul Vohra? 03:52

Rahul is the CEO of Superhuman, a wildly popular email app that's changing the way we interact with our Inbox. He is also an active angel investor and an advisor to various startups.

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Why did Rahul start Rapportive? 05:17

Rapportive was started to satisfy Rahul's own need. While at the University of Cambridge,, Rahul dropped out of a PhD in Machine Learning and instead focused his time on meeting local entrepreneurs. He needed a tool that would help him establish a rapport with his new contacts, and so Rapportive was born!

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What was the Rapportive MVP? 07:59

Rapportive started as a Firefox extension primarily because all the early adopters were still using Firefox. However, as Chrome gained dominance, it quickly became a Chrome extension and has been ever since.

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How did Linkedin go about acquiring Rapportive? 08:42

Linkedin initially approached Rahul with a request to stop using a third-party API to acquire their data, and as an entrepreneur would, Rahul requested they gave him direct access instead.

There were only ~20 companies using this secret Linkedin API and Rapportive was now one of them. It all started as a business development conversation, and eventually turned into an acquisition.